Record numbers of children learning music

Gloucestershire Music is celebrating a record year for children learning music in schools during the National Plan for Music’s tenth academic year.

Launched in 2012, the National Plan for Music aims to enable all children and young people to learn to sing, play an instrument and create music together. It also provides them with the opportunity to progress their musical interests and talents, including professionally.

Gloucestershire Music is the largest partner for the county’s Music Hub, Make Music Gloucestershire, which has a wide and inclusive range of high-quality opportunities to inspire and engage young people, no matter what their musical interests are.

Its school music tuition continues to rise, with a record 8080 pupils set to engage in Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) which allows children to learn music through instruments with their whole class. There are also 325 pupils receiving peripatetic tuition as part of the county’s emerging Peripatetic Service.

The service is committed to supporting the continued development of music in schools and offers twilight courses for primary teachers such as ‘Covering the basics’ and ‘Finding time for singing’.

Since September, Gloucestershire Music has:

  • Welcomed the London Sinfonietta to deliver workshops in Gloucester primary schools finishing with a concert at Gloucester Guildhall
  • Arranged for the Carducci Quartet and pianist Clare Hammond to perform to 2531 students through its school recital series
  • Inspired 250 GCSE students as part of its Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra GCSE concert
  • Hosted awards which recognised the commitment, quality, and dedication to music education in Gloucestershire schools
  • Delivered Whole Class Ensemble Tuition to 5445 young learners.

This term, Gloucestershire Music is excited to announce the return of their ‘Music for Youth’ showcase concert at Cheltenham Town Hall, on Monday 13 March. This exciting event will see 718 young instrumentalists from 19 schools perform on stage.

Cllr Philip Robinson, cabinet member for Education, Skills and Transport at Gloucestershire County Council said: “It’s wonderful to see so many children and young people learning music together.

“The ‘Music for Youth’ concert is a fantastic event which will create life-long memories for the students who take part.” 

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